Aug. 21, 2014

How to calculate your ideal patient load
By Brooke Andrus
As a rehab therapy provider, the strength of your clinic's revenue stream depends mainly on the number of patients you see each day — and the dollar amount you receive for each one of those visits. Naturally, if you want to increase your clinic's revenue, you mostly likely will need to increase the volume of patients you treat. But how do you figure out how many patients you should be seeing each day — in other words, your ideal patient load? When you break it all down, it's actually pretty simple to come up with a ballpark patient-volume target.More

Ready for World Physical Therapy Day?
PT in Motion
Get ready to celebrate physical therapy as a worldwide profession, and spread the message that physical therapists and physical therapist assistants help people take part in society. World Physical Therapy Day will take place on Sept. 8, and APTA members still have time to join in the celebration.More

$10 a month can help to defend physical therapy in South Carolina
While we have been busy defending the PT practice, SCAPTA has also been actively working on co-pay legislation to begin to limit the amount of co-pays some of our patients have to pay each and every time they come they see a PT. This legislation can have a direct effect on not only the patients we serve, but all practice areas. We need funding to support legislative activities to protect our profession in South Carolina. Make a recurring gift of just $10 and make a difference.More

Empathy motivates physical therapists to follow their call to care
The Huffington Post
At a time when health care providers face shrinking reimbursements and ever-greater demands on accountability and compliance, it's not difficult to understand why some professionals are driven away from careers in empathy.More

Controversial Medicare recovery audits make limited return
Modern Healthcare
The CMS is restarting audits of Medicare fee-for-service claims on a limited basis. The program has been dormant since June 1 when current audit contracts expired. Lauren Aronson, director of CMS' Office of Legislation, recently sent an e-mail to congressional staffers announcing the resumption of the recovery audit contractor program. More

Computer thefts expose over 45,000 patients' personal data
eSecurity Planet
Three recent burglaries at medical facilities exposed 47,686 patients' personal information, ranging from their names and years of service to their Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers and diagnosis information.More

Physical therapist assistants: The fastest growing job in America
Business 2 Community
The healthcare field has always been an area recent college grads look to as a dependable source for jobs. If you haven't looked into becoming a physical therapist assistant yet, you may want to! The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that between 2012 and 2022 the number of physical therapist assistants will rise 41 percent. As of 2012, the average pay for a physical therapist assistant was $52,160 per year.More

Therapy helps Parkinson's patients slow disease progression
Parkinson's disease is debilitating, but some patients in Baltimore are benefiting from a form of physical and speech therapy that's helping them in their day-to-day lives and is even slowing the progression of the disease. More

Continuous passive motion called into question
PT in Motion
Although definitive evidence is still lacking, available research trials do not support the value of continuous passive motion as a way to reduce venous thromboembolism in patients with total knee arthroplasty, according to a recently published Cochrane Systematic Review. The entire review is available through PTNow.More

Physical, occupational, speech therapy comes with challenges
The Buffalo News
Martin Lawler has seen a lot of change in his 30 years in the health field, including his last two decades as a physical therapist and his last two as manager of three Kaleida Health therapy efforts. He talked about some of them — including a new cancer rehab program — as part of today's In the Field feature in WNY Refresh.More

A rolling pin for tight muscles
The Sentinel
Having spent much time around the fitness industry it is always interesting to see the next new toy or an old favorite making a comeback. With the age of the Internet and infomercials we are constantly being challenged to decide if the latest trend has value or not. The foam roller is one such tool that is experiencing a surge in popularity. The foam roller as a massage and proprioceptive tool has been used in physical therapy over the years for decreasing muscle tightness and for challenging core stability.More

Opting out of Medicaid expansion could mean billions lost for states, hospitals
A report from the Urban Institute, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, projects that states that did not participate in Medicaid expansion to include eligibility for adults with incomes ≤138 percent of the federal poverty line will miss out on $423.6 billion in federal funding between 2013 and 2022.More

Report urges planning now to curb youth sports injuries
USA Today
With the start of a new school year comes a new season of youth sports, and with it growing concerns about player safety. A new survey by the non-profit advocacy group Safe Kids Worldwide finds "an alarming gap" in what is known about sports safety and what is being done to reduce the risk of injury to young athletes, whether playing scholastic, intramural, recreational, select or club team sports.More

Pumped-up or stripped-down: Which is the best shoe for running?
The Globe and Mail
For many runners, the perfect pair of shoes can be critical for optimal performance and injury prevention. But there are seemingly endless footwear options. The most popular shoes these days are unrecognizable from their predecessors, some little more than slippers, having shed much of the support that characterized shoes of the eighties and nineties.More